Organization, Trust and Control: A Realist Analysis

@article{Reed2001OrganizationTA,
  title={Organization, Trust and Control: A Realist Analysis},
  author={Michael Ivor Reed},
  journal={Organization Studies},
  year={2001},
  volume={22},
  pages={201 - 228}
}
  • M. Reed
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • Business
  • Organization Studies
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